Release date: 29 Feb 2012
MariaDB 5.3.5 is a Stable (or GA) release. In general this means that there are no known serious bugs, except for those marked as feature requests and no bugs were fixed since the last release which caused any notable code changes. We believe the code is ready for general usage (based on bug inflow).
Compared to previous releases in the MariaDB 5.3 series, MariaDB 5.3.5 is primarily a bug-fix release with a focus on stability, performance, and usability. It is first stable or GA release of the 5.3 series and the fifth overall release in the series.
For a list of every change made in MariaDB 5.3.5, with links to detailed information on each push, see the MariaDB 5.3.5 Changelog. It is worth noting that MariaDB 5.3 is built on MariaDB 5.2, MariaDB 5.1, and MySQL 5.1.
In most respects MariaDB will work exactly as MySQL: all commands, interfaces, libraries and APIs that exist in MySQL also exist in MariaDB.
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